Dandruff, Eczema, or Psoriasis?

African hair with dandruffImage Source: Healthline

 

Do you have dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis on your scalp? These are all common scalp conditions and something as simple as changing your products can help treat the symptoms. Some hair and scalp conditions can be fixed, others are chronic issues for which the symptoms can be managed, but not cured. 

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a scalp condition that results in dry flakey skin. About 50% of adults worldwide have dandruff. The good thing is, that it can be treatable and managed with a few simple steps added to your hygiene routine. Despite the common misconception, dandruff is not from improper cleansing habits, rather it can stem from various factors. This can include, but is not limited to:
  • Oily or irritated skin
  • Not shampooing enough
  • Malassezia (yeast-like fungus)
  • Dry skin
  • Hair care products

Any number of reasons can cause these factors, but more often than not, it boils down to using the wrong products for your hair and scalp. 

Hair Care Tips for Dandruff: 

A few hair care tips to help treat or manage dandruff are to first determine if your scalp is oily or dry. Then check the hair care products for the list of ingredients. The majority of people are allergic to and irritated by the chemicals or fragrances in these products. 

For those dealing with dandruff,  try the Bask + Lather Shampoo and Conditioner set. It is made with all-natural ingredients which will reduce the chances of chemical reactions or allergens. By following the directions on these products, it should take a few washes to start seeing a change but can take up to a few months. 

For those with an excessively dry scalp, try our natural Stimulating Scalp and Hair Balm. It can help moisturize dry skin, calm scalp irritation, and eliminate dandruff. 

What is Eczema? 

Eczema is a noncontagious skin condition that results in dry and itchy patches. It can be caused by numerous factors and can be found anywhere on your skin. Your immune system, genetics, the environment, and mental health can trigger eczema. A flare-up can come from dry weather, clothing, skin products, pollutants, fragrances, or allergens.

The eczema found on your scalp, hairline, and face, should be treated with topical steroids. If the scalp eczema is inflamed then another course of action may be prescribed by a medical professional. 

Hair Care Tips for Eczema:

For those looking for other methods of managing eczema flare-ups, try to avoid shampoos with detergents or fragrances. 2 to 11% of the general population have a negative reaction to fragranced products

Instead, try our natural shampoo and hydrating conditioner. By following the directions on the bottles for proper usage, you can moisturize your scalp with our fragrance-free and alcohol-free formulas. 

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a disease that occurs from an overactive immune system. It causes skin cells to rapidly produce but does not shed, instead, it builds on top of the skin. It can cause itchy, burning, and stinging feelings. It is commonly found on the elbows, knees, and scalp. 3% of the United States adult population is affected by psoriasis.

Someone with psoriasis may have a scaly rash. It is a chronic disease that can be managed with lifestyle changes. 

Hair Care Tips for Psoriasis: 

If you have psoriasis on your scalp, it may help to get that area hydrated and clean to reduce some of the itching and scaling. Our Moisturize & Seal Bundle is a set of natural hair care products designed to hydrate and nourish your hair and scalp. These hair care products can work on all hair types and use natural ingredients. 

For anyone using new hair care products, please use a small amount to test on a patch of skin before using it on a larger area. This is to check for any negative reaction or allergy. 

An infographic of symptoms and suggestions for dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis.

 

Why Choose Bask + Lather Hair and Scalp Care?

How can Bask + Lather help with dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis? We can not medically treat any of these skin conditions. However, our natural hair and scalp products can help treat dry skin and other symptoms. Our products can work for all types of hair and skin types. To learn more about how to apply or use our products, please check the product descriptions or our How to Guide.

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